April 11th: (TLR – Kodari)
A glimpse of my previous night nap –
A midst the mountain valleys, with rains pouring on our tents, cool temperatures outside and soft beds with thick blankets inside. Heavenly experience !!
We could sense his fear and excitement as he crossed the bridge.
Kumar completed his Canyon swing in the morning, and later in the day we did the 120m canyoning. Canyoning again was fun, which included abseiling, jumping and sliding down steep canyon walls. The rocks were slippery and waters were cold as we abseiled down five waterfalls. It was a grueling 4 hours of abseiling and at the end of it, we were all super tired .
Done for the day? Not yet..in the evening around 5 ish, we were hanging on to our lives on top of a minibus. The bus sped along the fierce Bhote Koshi river valleys. The ride was scary because the roads were all steep and rugged, and our minibus was over crowded like at least 3 times its capacity; and we were sitting on Top of the bus. We were not the only ones on top, there were around 10 goats too.. a few of them even pooped and pissed on us…. 8-/
We got off the bus at Kodari Tatopani. Tatopani means hot water springs in Nepali.
We booked a hotel which was right next to Tatopani.
We splashed around hot water springs twice once in the evening and once in the morning. Best day of the trip so far. 🙂
April 12th: (Kodari-TLR-Kathmandu)
In the morning we hired a taxi for 1000 Nepali rupee to take us till Friendship bridge (Nepal-Tibet border) and back to TLR.
We crossed across the Friendship Bridge border line and stepped right into Tibet, just for a few seconds though.
Back in TLR, we started our White water river rafting on the Bhote Koshi river. It was again an awesome experience, rafting lasted for more than 4 or 5 hours. The best part was when we were asked to jump into the cold rivers from a rock which was almost 2 floors high. It was again quite a bit of Adrenaline.
We were dropped off at Thamel in the evening, and we checked back into our good old Hotel Backyard. Today happened to be Nepali Calendar year 2069 new year’s eve. We strolled on the Thamel roads late night, and spent some time at a local Hookah joint.
April 13th: (Kathmandu)
Today we went to Pathan Durbar square, and also visited an ancient Budda Temple. Later in the day we visited the famous Pashupathinath temple.
A phenomena – Just before we reached the temple, we were travelling in a bus and a person sitting next to us told us, we should do abhishek to a Shivling at Pashupathinath during which, if we were lucky enough, the priest would present us a Rudraksh maala. We just said an OK, and almost forgot about it.
When we reached temple at 4, it was closed. As we walked in the temple premises, a person from no where came to us and asked us to follow him. He opened the temple doors, and made us do abhishek to Shivling. Shivling had three Rudraksh maala on it. After abhisheka, the priest took the maala from Shivling and made the three of us wear it.
And when we came out of the temple, he closed the doors and left. The three of us were just awestruck, we couldn’t figure out what just happened!!!
8PM: @Thamel – Typical Shaz just walked into an ATM and came out with 10,000 rupee cash. We knew almost all shops closes at 9.30/10, we had an hour more to spend off all the money. We split up n shopped in hurry.
At 10 PM, mission accomplished, hands full of shopping bags and we had not even a penny left with us.
April 14th: (Chandini Chowk, Bangalore)
Bye bye Kathmandu, we reached Delhi by noon. We went straight to Delhi 6, and belted moth watering chats and sweets..
It was very much part of the plan, to spend a day in Delhi hogging.
Back in Bangalore late in the evening, yet another successful, trip comes to an end. But a bit of an anti-climax in the end, when I claimed by baggage in Bangalore, I got to know that my Black Label bottle (Bharath’s bachelors party gift) was broken into pieces. :(. No worries.. a super successful trip comes to an end ..